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KUMC Student Exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens

Policy
Procedure
Purpose: 

To provide a process and guidelines for students who incur a possible exposure or injury via needle stick or splash.

Applies to: 

Students - KUMC Only

Campus: 
Medical Center, Kansas City
Policy Statement: 

General Information:

Student, while performing duties in that capacity, is injured or exposed (mucous membranes or open skin) to blood, body fluids, or other infectious material via needle stick or splash.

PROCEDURE

During Office hours

Monday from 8-6pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8-4:30pm

  1. Student or supervisor to call Student Health (913-588-1941). Fill out Student Incident Form
  2. Student or supervisor obtains information on source patient: name, date of birth, hospital number, history, and current diagnosis.
  3. Student reports to Student Health office for initial lab work, completion of a risk inventory and medical treatment. Medical treatment may include, but is not limited to post-exposure prophylaxis, stitches for a laceration or irrigation of eyes after a splash depending on the exposure type, injury and source patient information.

Student health representative will obtain risk inventory and lab work on source 

  1. patient. Risk factors are assessed and follow-up as indicated.

After Hours, Weekends and Holidays at the University of Kansas Hospital

  1. Student or supervisor calls the nursing supervisor on call. The nursing supervisor will perform a risk inventory and obtain a sample for a rapid HIV test.
  2. Student or supervisor calls Student Health (913-588-1941) and leaves message on audix regarding incident (student name, date, and time) within 24 hours. Fill out Student Incident Form. The student should obtain information on source patient: name, date of birth, hospital number, history, and current diagnosis for Student Health
  3. For care after the exposure;
    • No immediate treatment required: Student reports to Student Health as soon as possible the next working day for initial lab work and completion of a risk inventory.
    • Emergency treatment required:Student reports to Emergency Services at KU Hospital if the source patient is known HIV positive or has a positive result on the rapid HIV test. The student should present to the ER for urgent treatment needs such as stitches for a laceration or the need for eye irrigation.
  4. Student health representative will obtain additional information for the risk inventory and any additional lab work on source patient. Risk factors are assessed and follow-up as indicated.

At an Outside Facility

  1. Follow procedures consistent with the institution and report to nearest emergency room if applicable.
  2. Student or supervisor calls Student Health (913-588-1941) and leaves message on audix regarding incident (student name, date, and time) within 24 hours. Fill out Student Incident Form.
  3. A student health representative will work with outside agency to assess risk factors and plan follow-up care.

Note: Students are not financially responsible for any lab tests ordered for proper treatment of the incident. If exposure occurs outside of the Greater Kansas City area Student Health may be billed for cost incurred.

KUMC Student Health Center
Attention: Stephanie Jernigan, Director
University of Kansas Medical Center
1012 Student Center Building, MS 4044
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, Kansas 66160

These procedures are consistent with CDC guidelines and the exposure protocol used for all KUMC faculty, staff, and residents.

Consequences: 

Failure to comply with policies may affect academic standing.

Contact: 

Stephanie Jernigan, KUMC Student Health Services Director, Student Center 1012, 3901 Rainbow Blvd, Kansas City, KS 66160, 913-588-1941

Approved by: 
Vice Chancellor of Student Services - Dr. Vince Loffredo
Approved on: 
Monday, August 1, 2005
Effective on: 
Monday, August 1, 2005
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Background: 

The policies are based on CDC guidelines and/or collaborating institutional requirements to address healthcare and occupational safety.

Keywords: 
KU, Medical Center, BBP, Blood Borne, Pathogen, Exposure, Student
Review, Approval & Change History: 

09/27/2016:  Changed "Student reports to Emergency Services at KU Hospital. Students should consider this option if the source patient is known HIV positive, has a history of IV drug use, has multiple body piercing or tattoos, had a blood transfusion before 1987, history of or current use of hemodialysis, has had multiple sex partners, has a sex partner with any of the above. The student should present to the ER if for urgent treatment needs such as stitches for a laceration." to "Student reports to Emergency Services at KU Hospital if the source patient is known HIV positive or has a positive result on the rapid HIV test. The student should present to the ER for urgent treatment needs such as stitches for a laceration or the need for eye irrigation."

05/06/2016: Removed Date Last Reviewed

08/14/2015: Added KUMC to the title
07/23/2015: Published online to the policy library
03/25/2015: Reviewed
06/2013: Reviewed
08/2005: Reviewed

Operational Categories: 
Health & Safety
Student Life Categories: 
Health & Wellness

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